news_Konami chooses DIGIPASS technology to secure its online services
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois and ZURICH, Switzerland – November 28, 2011 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (www.vasco.com), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products today announced that Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd., a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market, will integrate DIGIPASS technology in order to enhance security for its online gaming and online shopping services.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of KONAMI CORPORATION (NYSE: KNM) and is dedicated to multifaceted development of social games, game software, arcade games, and card games, as well as offering new ways of playing using IT technology and networks.
E-commerce and online gaming in particular are booming lucrative markets. Fraudsters soon saw big business by intercepting payment transactions or hacking into gamers’ accounts and stripping players of their gaming credits and acquired game paraphernalia to resell it to the highest bidder. Cybercriminals have a real economic incentive to acquire online gaming accounts as it offers a good return for relatively low risks. With fraud statistics on the rise, game developer Konami realized the need to implement a security solution for its community site “e-Amusement Gate” and its online shopping channel “Konami Style”.
The company implemented VASCO’s VACMAN Controller authentication back-end software in combination with DIGIPASS technology allowing its customers to log-on securely to Konami’s online services. Customers can choose for DIGIPASS GO 6 one-button authenticator “KONAMI one-time password service”. VASCO’s strong authentication solution provides a solid defense against keyloggers and identity theft and adds an additional security layer offering Konami’s customers adequate protection.
“At Konami we realize that our customers are our most important assets. Konami continues to strive to provide gaming players around the globe with an enjoyable gaming experience and “Valuable Time”. We endeavor to bring high quality and innovative engineering together and focus on being a technological leader. By implementing leading authentication security we not only gain a competitive advantage, it will also ultimately lead to increased customer trust, retention and game play. We turned to VASCO as they have a proven experience in the gaming industry. VASCO’s DIGIPASS authenticators offered us the flexibility and scalability to support our vast international customer base without negatively impacting the gaming experience,” says Mitsuhiro Masanobu, director of Studio IT Center at Konami.
“We are very pleased that Konami decided to secure access to its online services with DIGIPASS technology. VASCO’s strong authentication solutions are excellently suited to secure a large and wide-spread customer base helping Konami to confront the security and fraud prevention challenges they are facing,” says Jan Valcke, COO and President at VASCO Data Security.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co.,Ltd. (KDE)(JAPAN), a wholly owned subsidiary of KONAMI CORPORATION (NYSE: KNM), is a leading, global developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties of the home video/arcade game, card game, toy, music, contents for mobile phone and social game. KONAMI CORPORATION was founded in Osaka, Japan in 1969 by Mr. Kagemasa Kozuki. KONAMI CORPORATION provides global customers with the business of digital entertainment, gaming & system integration, healthcare service and various products and services.
VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as a global software company for Internet security serving a customer base of approximately 10,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including approximately 1,700 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.
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